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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called an all-party meeting to be held at his office at 10:30 am today.

The PM has called the all-party meeting to find a negotiated settlement of all the contemporary, as well as constitutional issues, according to Prime Minister’s Press Adviser Pramod Dahal.

The ruling parties, the main opposition Nepali Congress and the agitating Madhesh-based parties have been invited to discuss the demands put forth by various agitating parties and groups on matters relating to the new constitution, Dahal said.

The Sanghiya Gathabandhan (Federal Alliance), which has been spearheading the agitation against the constitution, had, a few days ago, written to the PM a 26-point letter urging him to meet conditions to prepare an environment for talks.

The Gathabandhan also demanded withdrawal of false charges against agitators and formation of a probe committee to investigate the allegations of human rights violation during the protests.

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Govt fixes 18 ministries including Office of PM in Center

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KATHMANDU — The government has fixed 18 ministries, including the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) from the current 30, at the central level, under the new federal setup.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar on Friday fixed the number of ministries including the OPMCM at 18.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to limit the Cabinet to 18 ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Environment Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

“Now the number of ministries will be 18, with the OPMCM included,” Minister Pandit told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decision comes two days after leaders of the left alliance–CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)–agreed to bring down the number of ministries to 18 at the federal level.

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The new constitution has stated the central government can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the prime minister.

Besides the OPMCM, the proposed 17 ministries are the federal affairs and general administration; ministries of finance and planning; foreign affairs; defense; physical infrastructure and transport; health and population; information and communications; law, justice and parliamentary affairs; culture, tourism and civil aviation; labor, employment, women and children; urban development, drinking water and sanitation; and agriculture, cooperatives and land management; education and sports; home affairs; forest and environment; water resources and energy; industry, commerce and supplies.

Likewise, the Cabinet meeting has also appointed CPN-UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal as Chief Political Advisor to PM. Earlier, Rimal had served as the chief political advisor during Oli’s previous premiership.

The decision will come into effect after the government endorses the proposal on the jurisdictions of the 17 ministries, according to OPMCM officials.

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